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Sexual misconduct is misconduct of a sexual nature. The term may be used to condemn an act, but in some jurisdictions it has also a legal meaning.




Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behavior used to obtain sexual gratification against another’s will or at the expense of another. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is without consent, or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed.[1]

In ReligionEdit


In Lamrim Chenmo, the texts conclude that the four types of errors are sexual misconduct:[2]

  1. Being not with the right person: Including men having sex with men, with people of non-binary gender, with any women not being one's wife.
  2. Being not with the right organ: Including having oral, anal sex and masturbation.
  3. Being not at the right place: Including temples, public areas and rugged and rough places.
  4. Being not at the right time: Including women's period, pregnancy, nursing, fasting and disease.

Among educatorsEdit

Suzuki Harunobu - "Sexual Misconduct", from the book Fashionable, Lusty Mane’emon, 1770

A literature review of educator sexual misconduct published by the US Department of Education found that 9.6% of high school students have experienced some form of sexual misconduct [3] In 4% to 43% of cases, the abusers were women. Black, Hispanic, and Native American Indian children are at greatest risk for sexual abuse. Also at increased risk are children with disabilities; the reason for this may be their greater need for individual attention and their possible problems with communicating.[4]

Children who have been victims of educator sexual misconduct usually have low self-esteem, and they are likely to develop suicidal ideation and depression. Because the abuser was a person the child was encouraged to trust, he or she may experience a sense of betrayal.[4]

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